The widow of the slain Gucci fashion scion sits in her prison cell, refusing to show up at her murder trial. A co-defendant, a high-society psychic, shows but leaves in an hour after throwing a tantrum in front of TV cameras.
The trial of five strange bedfellows - a doorman, two alleged hit men, the victim's ex-wife and a psychic - charged with murder in the 1995 slaying of Maurizio Gucci promises to be one of the longest-running and closely followed dramas in Italy, even though the judge has banned live television coverage.It's also expected to write the final chapter in the saga of a family feud that ended a fashion dynasty, internationally renowned for its luxury leather products decorated with the double-G logo.
The fortune of Maurizio Gucci, the grandson of the company founder, has been estimated at more than $150 million.
He was shot dead March 27, 1995, as he walked into his office building in downtown Milan.
Following the Gucci tradition of bitter discord, Milan prosecutors allege his murder was a family affair. They say Patrizia Reggiani Martinelli, Gucci's ex-wife, planned the killing because her annual alimony was halved to $900,000.